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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

September 27th, 2020
Please Reserve Your Seat for Sunday
in person worship at 10 a.m.
OR  Worship from Home  any time

Zoom Prayer NEW TIME 11:30 a.m.
with Pastor Sue on Sunday
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Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

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18th SUNDAY OF PENTECOST                                                                  
“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

PRELUDE                        “Voluntary and Fugue in C” - G. F. Handel     
CALL TO WORSHIP                        
                   Come, let us praise God, who promises us
                   forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace. 
      Let us praise Christ, who is present with us
      in trial and rejoicing.
                    Let us praise the Spirit, who encourages us
                    in the struggle for justice and peace. 
ALL:    We raise our voices together in thanksgiving to the
           One God with the church throughout time!  Amen.

HYMN #42                   O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing                          Azmon C.M.

O God, how shall we know you?  How can we experience your presence with us?  Do you really know our names and care about each one of us?  If we have found favor in your sight, how will that be known?  We cannot see you with our eyes or hear your voice with our ears.  Speak to us in the language our souls can receive.  Enlighten our inner being, that joy may radiate in our actions.  Work in and among us, that we may glimpse your hopes for all humanity, we pray:  Our Father . . .
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 
PASSING OF THE PEACE     May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                                                       Exodus 17:1-7
                                                                                               Matthew 21:23-32  
SERMON                                                        Troubled, Yet Blessed


HYMN #606         Nearer. My God, To You                        Bethany



HYMN #307      Glorious Things of You Are Spoken         Austrian Hymn

POSTLUDE                                    "Prelude in C Minor"  - J.S. Bach


Worship Notes:
 “Voluntary and Fugue in C” by G. F. Handel (1685-1759). Public Domain. 
“Prelude in C Minor” by J  S  Bach. Public Domain. 
Hymn #42, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Charles Wesley, 1740, alt.  Azmon C.M. Carl G. Gläser, 1828, adapt. In Mason’s Modern Psalmody, 1839.   Public Domain. 
(NCH) Hymn #606, Nearer, My God, To You, Sarah Flower Adams, 1841, adapt. Thomas H. Troeger; tune-Bethany, Lowell Mason, 1856
Hymn #307, Glorious Things of You Are Spoken, John Newton, 1779; Austrian Hymn, F.J. Haydn, 1797.  CCLI # 7108334 © 2000


Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Jim Hoffman and family; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Bruce Sawyer; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); AJ Gumbert; George Danley; Mark Brown (Mobby Larson’s brother); Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Kris Shabunia; Marj Misovich; Norman Bouchard; and Tom Tuzzio (Beth Thompson’s father) receiving rehab after aneurism. Our prayers of sympathy are offered for the family of Edna Crandall who died last week; as well as to the family of Kenneth Pudler, Irene Donald’s brother, who passed away September 18th. 

September Mission Focus
CWS: Hurricane  Response -  Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast as a category 4 storm, leaving extensive damage! In response, blankets, as well as long term recovery support are used to help many people. To donate, you may send a check written out to the church with memo: Hurricane, or please contact CWS by mail or email.  Church World Service 968 Elkhard, IN 46515 E-mail:

Women‘s Fellowship  Brown Bag Luncheon  - Please join us!
Wednesday, September 30 at NOON.  Agenda to include .... Decisions about the Bazaar; Fall Events; Service Projects.  Please note, meetings are usually the third Wednesday and we always meet at noon.

Our Mission Committee will be encouraging your support for the Eastern CT Alzheimer’s WALK


God remembers God’s covenant forever, the promise God made, for a thousand generations. “                                  - - Psalm 105:8 (NIV)
                It’s hours past midnight, and I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face. My devotion is days overdue, and I don’t know how to get inspired enough to write something that could inspire you. I feel overcome with negativity, exhausted, and simply wiped out.
                This world has gotten colder and human relationship more fragmented.
It can just be too much. It is too much.  But I’ve learned when life is too much and I don’t know what to do, I must lean into what I know.
                I know God remembers me. I know the God of my grandmother’s prayers is the God of my tearful prayers, and the God who promised to be with Abraham is the same God who continues to be with me.
                I am part of that promise.
And I have to trust that God remembers that promise – to be with me, always. When I’m lonelier than I’ve ever been, God sees me. When my grief feels as if it’s going to swallow my spirit whole, God has not abandoned me.
I am part of a covenant that is unbreakable, even at my most broken.
Prayer: In my loneliest hours of uncertainty, hear this simple prayer, O God: Remember me. Amen.                                                                                                                       - Marchaé Grair

 Global Ministries Prayer for Ghana:  As we offer our gifts to you, O God, remind us that they are but gifts you have provided to us for our daily needs. Often we grumble, particularly in this time of Covid-19 that has brought us to a wilderness full of questions and concerns. Yet, you remain among us, faithful and plentiful. We remember those who heard your call to leave homes and comfort behind to journey to a land we now call Ghana. There they encountered hardships but in the Peki Valley, you led them to water. Here your Word flourished as living water to those who came seeking and asking to quench their thirst. As we return our gifts, with thanksgiving, we also offer our prayers of thanks for those who continue to prepare new generations for ministry.  May they bring the Word of living waters to the cities and villages of Ghana.  Amen


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm

Sue Latourette is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Sunday Prayer
Time: Sep 20, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada

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Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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